Saturday 10th August 2019: Energy Observer arrived on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago at 78° north latitude, powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen. A historic challenge and a world first.
After 5,700km covered from St Petersburg, under unfavourable weather conditions and in total energy autonomy, Energy Observer arrived in the Svalbard archipelago, considered by the scientific community as ‘Ground Zero’ of climate change. For Energy Observer’s crew, this stopover was undoubtedly the most symbolic of their Northern Europe Odyssey.
A major challenge
Since the beginning of the adventure, Energy Observer’s team had dreamed of taking up a big challenge: to rally the Arctic in total energy autonomy, without carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, fine particles or noise pollution that could disturb the ecosystems, and in complete harmony with nature.
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